Numerous clinical studies have linked periodontal disease with other diseases and it is thought that the inflammation caused by bacteria may be responsible. Quite often, treating gum disease can help manage the symptoms of other chronic and inflammatory conditions.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Diabetics are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without this condition. This is because diabetes affects the body’s immune system increasing susceptibility towards contracting infections. Diabetes can cause many complications, including periodontal disease. Diabetics who fail to control their blood sugar levels are especially at risk and conversely those who already have periodontal disease may find it more difficult to control their blood sugar. The connection between these two diseases is quite complex as periodontal disease causes open wounds in the gums that enable plaque bacteria to enter the bloodstream. From there they can cause inflammation anywhere in the body. This makes it harder for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels. Even worse, diabetics with poorly controlled blood sugar levels tend to have more glucose in their saliva and this is the perfect fuel for plaque bacteria.

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease

There have been several studies that have shown a connection between periodontal disease and heart disease although the exact link isn’t quite clear. It’s believed the inflammation caused by periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease. In addition, periodontal disease can aggravate existing heart conditions and patients who are at risk of infective endocarditis may need to take antibiotics prior to dental procedures.

Periodontal Disease and Stroke

It is thought that there is a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. One particular study found people who had acute cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to have some form of periodontal disease compared to those in the control group who did not have this condition. Periodontal disease has also been linked to several other diseases which include osteoporosis, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory disease. Research is ongoing to discover how these diseases may be connected but it does seem clear that a healthy mouth will improve your chances of enjoying good overall health. See more:Periodontal Disease Treatment: Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore Older Adults and Oral Health Problems The Warning Signs of Gum Disease Gum Disease Really Can Affect General Health For more information about periodontal disease or Periodontal Disease Treatment in NYC talk to top periodontists, best specialists Dr. Daniel Royzman and Dr. Daria Royzman or contact our Manhattan, NYC center: 

D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C.
57 W 57th St #605
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 759-7763